King & Spalding Welcomes Lateral Hires; Announces Awards And Rankings

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 15:27

Getting the launch of its European restructuring practice off to a speedy start, King & Spalding has recruited Werner Meier as a partner in its Frankfurt, Germany, office. Dr. Meier joins King & Spalding from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Frankfurt, where he was a finance and restructuring partner.   

Dr. Meier’s practice spans German and international restructuring, financing and capital markets transactions, with a focus on German debt and corporate restructurings, as well as syndicated loans, securitizations, other structured finance and high-yield transactions. He is distinguished as one of Germany’s leading finance and restructuring lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, European Legal 500, Legal 500 Deutschland and JUVE.

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King & Spalding energy partner Philip R. Weems and energy senior associate Monica Hwang are the recipients of a 2014 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their distinguished legal writing.

The two lawyers were selected in the partner and counsel category for their article titled “Overview of issues common to structuring, negotiating and documenting LNG (liquefied natural gas) projects,” published in the October 15, 2013, edition of Journal of World Energy Law & Business

The Burton Awards selection committee this year is handing out only 30 partner awards for bylined articles from among the 1,000 largest U.S. law firms.

Mr. Weems and Ms. Hwang will be honored for their article at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, on June 9.

Mr. Weems, who is co-leader of King & Spalding’s global energy practice, is resident in the firm’s Houston office. He formerly served as managing partner of the firm’s three offices in the Middle East and its office in Singapore. Mr. Weems specializes in global energy and infrastructure transactions, concentrating on LNG/gas matters, upstream transactions and energy maritime issues. He is a past president of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and a former member of its board of directors. 

Ms. Hwang is a member of King & Spalding’s global transactions practice in the firm’s Houston office. She concentrates on drafting and negotiating agreements as well as structuring energy projects in the areas of LNG, upstream oil and gas, alternative and renewable energy and midstream. She has advised clients on the development of North American and international LNG projects, including Freeport, Wheatstone and Mozambique LNG projects.

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King & Spalding has recruited highly regarded Bay Area corporate transactional lawyer Thomas Duley as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office to anchor its growing technology transactions practice dedicated to the life sciences industry. Mr. Duley joins King & Spalding from DLA Piper.

Mr. Duley concentrates on complex technology agreements and commercial transactions for life sciences companies. He advises clients on strategic partnering and collaboration agreements, joint ventures, intellectual property licenses, sponsored research agreements, co-promotion, supply, distribution, clinical trial, material transfer and other commercial agreements, as well as litigation settlements and M&A and capital markets transactions.

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Further solidifying King & Spalding’s impressive reputation as a legal advisor of choice internationally, Legal 500 has again recognized the firm as one of the best representing clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In its 2014 EMEA guide, Legal 500 identified a total of 31 King & Spalding practices as among the best in their jurisdictions. In addition, 36 King & Spalding lawyers earned 51 individual rankings—a more than 50 percent increase from the firm’s 2013 results.

The firm also established seven new practice rankings in this year’s Legal 500: EMEA guide, including one each in Algeria (foreign firms), Russia (litigation) and the UAE (projects and energy), and four in France (administration and public law; environment; project finance and energy; and real estate).